Category: Landmarks

Casa Amadeo, antigua Casa Hernández

from The music store now known as Casa Amadeo opened as Casa Hernán­dez in the Bronx, New York, just pri­or to the large post-World War II Puer­to Rican migra­tion to New York City. When the Unit­ed States direct­ed all its invest­ment in Puer­to Rico’s sug­ar sec­tor, the divest­ment in Puer­to Rico’s labor-inten­sive cof­fee and tobac­co sec­tors left many work­ers unem­ployed. Between 1950 and 1960, 500,000 indi­vid­u­als (about 20% of Puer­to Rico’s pop­u­la­tion) migrat­ed off the island. The pri­ma­ry des­ti­na­tion was New York due to exist­ing ship­ping routes, and lat­er, the fre­quent air trav­el that oper­at­ed between San Juan...

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Arecibo Telescope in Trouble

The U.S. Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion is accept­ing pro­pos­als from any­one who wants to take over oper­a­tions. By Asso­ci­at­ed Press and Dan­i­ca Coto Jan 25, 2017  The future of one of the world’s largest sin­gle-dish radio tele­scopes is in ques­tion after the U.S. Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion announced Wednes­day it was accept­ing pro­pos­als from those inter­est­ed in assum­ing oper­a­tions at the Areci­bo Obser­va­to­ry in Puer­to Rico. The announce­ment comes as the fed­er­al agency runs out of funds to sup­port the obser­va­to­ry, which fea­tures a 1,000-foot-wide (305-meter-wide) dish used in part to search for grav­i­ta­tion­al waves and track aster­oids that might be...

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Bahia Mosquito

Also known as Bio­lu­mi­nes­cent Bay, Bahia Mos­qui­to is filled with a species of phos­pho­res­cent dynofla­gel­late, mak­ing the waters glow — it’s a mag­nif­i­cent sight, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the dark. The microor­gan­isms are harm­less. Avoid any cruise offers that use motor boats, though, as the pol­lu­tion sig­nif­i­cant­ly kills off the phos­pho­res­cent organ­isms, min­i­miz­ing the unusu­al effect. Instead, opt for one of the many eco-friend­ly kayak tours avail­able. (USA...

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El Cañuelo

Forti­n San Juan de la Cruz (Fort Saint John of the Cross), bet­ter known as el Cañue­lo, is locat­ed on Isla de Cabras, Puer­to Rico. This fort was orig­i­nal­ly built in wood in 1500. Its loca­tion at the entrance of the San Juan bay, and in front of the Fort San Felipe del Mor­ro, across the bay, it cre­at­ed a cross­fire for any invad­ing ships enter­ing the bay. It is said that, at one time, there was a huge chain cross­ing from El Mor­ro to El Cañue­lo that was stretched dur­ing attacks to pro­vide a phys­i­cal bar­ri­cade across the...

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Tibes Indian Ceremonial Park

787−840−2255 /787–840-5685  The Indi­an Cer­e­mo­ni­al Cen­ter of Tibes, locat­ed in the city of Ponce was dis­cov­ered in 1975.  The first inhab­i­tants of the area were pre­sum­ably the Igner­is Indi­ans who came from South Amer­i­ca. They must have set­tled here at about the begin­ning of the Chris­t­ian era, near the third cen­tu­ry. Slow­ly, the Tai­no Indi­ans occu­pied and shared the places acquired by the Igner­is. The Tai­nos, at approx­i­mate­ly 800 years before the Dis­cov­ery of Puer­to Rico, had con­struct­ed the “bateyes” or Cer­e­mo­ni­al Parks, that we have today at the Tibes Cer­e­mo­ni­al Park.  Here they used to cel­e­brate their “Arey­tos” or...

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